Happy Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen. We didn't lose yesterday! Not losing is super neat. Since there was a game, today's edition of Freedom Kicks is obviously a bit recap-heavy, but I've dug up some other things too.
United dig in, earn Open Cup victory | D.C. United
Dig in! They dug in, guys! Our team has GRIT.
D.C. United escape Richmond with a shootout win in U.S. Open Cup battle | Washington Examiner
A note about 'understudy' Andrew Dykstra: He's our backup this weekend and people chanted 'D.C. reject' at him. This is so stupid.
DCU advances in US Open Cup, will take on Union | CSN Washington
Recap No. 3, plus video.
DC Scrapes by Richmond Kickers to Advance in the US Open Cup | United Mania
"A dreadful DC performance was rewarded with a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks". Eek.
USA vs. Belgium match predictions | Stars and Stripes FC
We're not optimistic.
Tuesday kickaround | Washington Post
With some USMNT notes.
VIDEO: Chivas USA ‘keeper Dan Kennedy scores the winner in Open Cup | Major League Soccer
Dan Kennedy is a national treasure.
Canadian Championship: Vancouver Whitecaps on the brink of history, and playing at home | Major League Soccer
Canada, F yeah!
Surviving the European club football offseason: What to watch | SB Nation
A useful schedule, from me.